Beef Roulade

Beef Roulade

Grilled Beef Roulade arranged on a wooden platter and garnished with fresh basil.

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Beef Roulade is a simple yet impressive entree of beef flank steak rolled with prosciutto, basil and provolone and grilled to perfection.

Simple flavours come together in this wonderful dish and it’s easier than you think. It can easily be prepped in advance making it great for entertaining or a weekend family meal.

Flattened flank steak layered with prosciutto, basil and provolone in preparation for Beef Roulade.

What’s important for this recipe is to flatten the flank steak as evenly as possible for ease of rolling and uniform cooking. You also need to season the meat well with salt and pepper.  Rolling the flattened meat as tight as possible to hold in the layered elements within is also important. Some cheese does seep out when cooking, so a tight roll will help keep everything in place and minimize the loss of melty cheese.

Be sure to have your grill or pan hot before adding the rolls. They only take 4-5 minutes per side, so you want the surface hot enough to brown the meat before it cooks. As with any meat, it’s important to allow the meat to rest for several minutes prior to serving, this will allow the moisture to settle back into the muscle rather than run all over your plate.

Flattened flank steak rolled and tied with basil, provolone and prosciutto and ready for grilled Beef Roulade.

By all means, you can grill the assembled and tied roll as one whole piece and slice to serve, but I prefer the individual grilled portions because you get more charred/seared meat per bite which to me means more flavour. And I’m always game for more flavour, enjoy!

Beef Roulade
Print Recipe
    Servings Prep Time
    3-4 people 40 minutes
    Cook Time Passive Time
    10 minutes 3 minutes
    Servings Prep Time
    3-4 people 40 minutes
    Cook Time Passive Time
    10 minutes 3 minutes
    Beef Roulade
    Print Recipe
      Servings Prep Time
      3-4 people 40 minutes
      Cook Time Passive Time
      10 minutes 3 minutes
      Servings Prep Time
      3-4 people 40 minutes
      Cook Time Passive Time
      10 minutes 3 minutes
      Ingredients
      Servings: people
      Instructions
      1. Butterfly flank steak by laying flat and slicing in half lengthwise with the grain, stopping 1-2" before cutting all the way through.
      2. Open up flank steak like a book and place between two pieces of parchment. Pound flat with a mallet to an approximate 12"x8" rectangle. Try to flatten the seam to the same thickness.
      3. Season the flattened flank steak with salt and pepper and brush generously with Dijon mustard.
      4. Cover with prosciutto slices in an even layer. Arrange basil leaves in a single layer on top of the prosciutto. Top with an even layer of provolone cheese.
      5. With the prepped steak facing you lengthwise, roll up tightly. Secure with a few toothpicks to hold it while you tie it.
      6. Using butcher string, snugly tie the rolled steak at 1" intervals. Remove toothpicks and cut roll evenly between each piece of string, giving you about 8 one-inch rolls tied in the centre with string.
      7. Preheat grill to medium-high.
      8. Rub or brush prepared rolls on both sides with oil.
      9. Cook for 4-5 minutes per side for medium by grilling directly on the grill, using a mesh grill mat on the grill or by pan-frying. Allow to rest 2-3 minutes and serve.
      Recipe Notes

      -I have found that using grated provolone makes the roll easier to roll.

      -Using a mesh grill mat is convenient but not necessary.

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      Rusty Chicken

      Rusty Chicken

      What’s your favourite recipe from another foodie? I have many that have become tried and true that I go to again and again. It’s rather difficult to pick one favourite because they’re all great in their own way. Since it’s summer and prime grilling season my pick is Rusty Chicken from Chef John of Food Wishes  It makes the cut not because it’s fancy schmacy, but because it’s simple, uses everyday ingredients and is crazy good.

      Why do I love it? Apart from the simplicity, it’s the seemingly odd combination of ingredients that not only marinate the chicken but reduces down into a gloriously sticky sauce that hugs the chicken and is amazing with rice. It starts as a pale brown liquid speckled with bits of mayo but when it heats and thickens, it gives way to a slightly tangy, sweet and spicy sauce that has a wonderful burnished colour, hence the “rusty”. The sugar in the marinade creates slightly charred and crispy edges on the chicken and if you’re inclined, you can heat the sauce right on the grill. Which of course means less dishes. When it’s just me and my man, I will serve the chicken right from the foil dish……I’m crazy like that.

      While I stayed true to Chef John’s ingredients, I have altered the amounts to have extra marinade for sauce and I’ve opted to grill the chicken. During summer months this dish is seen regularly in the Compelled To Cook home and often when camping as well. Thank you Chef John for a great recipe. Hope you enjoy it as much as I do!

      Recipe source for Rusty Chicken:  Adapted from Chef John of Food Wishes

       

      Rusty Chicken
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        Servings Prep Time
        4 people 15 minutes
        Cook Time Passive Time
        15 minutes 1 hour
        Servings Prep Time
        4 people 15 minutes
        Cook Time Passive Time
        15 minutes 1 hour
        Rusty Chicken
        Print Recipe
          Servings Prep Time
          4 people 15 minutes
          Cook Time Passive Time
          15 minutes 1 hour
          Servings Prep Time
          4 people 15 minutes
          Cook Time Passive Time
          15 minutes 1 hour
          Ingredients
          Servings: people
          Instructions
          1. Whisk together all ingredients except chicken. Place chicken in a glass or plastic dish and pour approximately one third of marinade over chicken and toss to coat. Add a little more marinade if needed to coat well. Cover chicken and remaining marinade and chill from 1-4 hours.
          2. Preheat grill to medium. Grill chicken thighs for appoximately 7-8 minutes per side, adjusting heat if needed as the sugar in the marinade can burn. Meanwhile, place a disposable medium size foil pan on grill and add remaining marinade. Heat, stirring often until bubbling,thick and glossy.
          3. When chicken is cooked add to marinade pan and toss to coat with sauce. Serve immediately.
          Recipe Notes

          Alternatively, you can use a regular saucepan on the stove to heat the marinade until thick and glossy.  Pour over chicken in serving dish and serve immediately.

           

          Braised Lamb Shoulder

          Braised Lamb Shoulder

          Are you planning on serving lamb for Easter? Braised Lamb Shoulder is tender and smothered with a creamy mushroom thyme sauce. A wonderful main dish to share with your family and friends this Easter.

          Not sure if you’re a lamb lover or not? It’s definitely a stronger meat and most people either really like it or can do without it. I rather like it, and grilled lamb chops are my personal favourite. Braised lamb is my second favourite because the long braising time helps to mellow the stronger lamb taste. To make it even better, this fork tender Braised Lamb Shoulder is generously hugged by a flavourful sauce made with sherry, mushrooms, thyme and cream.

          My thoughts for this dish came from having brunch at the Banff Springs Hotel. There, they just happened to serve three separate braised lamb dishes. The one that took me back for seconds was a braised lamb in a creamy mushroom sauce. While this Braised Lamb Shoulder is not exactly what I had, it is similar in many ways and just as delicious. I always love it when dining out generates motivation and inspiration for creating great food.

          Don’t be a slave to the kitchen either, with a little prep you don’t need to worry much about this roast for 4 hours. So you can spend most of the afternoon with your guests. The final dish can also be left to sit in a low oven, giving you time to enjoy an appetizer or mingle over a glass of wine, or both. Enjoy!

          Recipe Source for Braised Lamb Shoulder:  Compelled To Cook

           

          Braised Lamb Shoulder
          Print Recipe
            Servings Prep Time
            6-8 people 15 minutes
            Cook Time Passive Time
            4 1/2 hours 4 hours
            Servings Prep Time
            6-8 people 15 minutes
            Cook Time Passive Time
            4 1/2 hours 4 hours
            Braised Lamb Shoulder
            Print Recipe
              Servings Prep Time
              6-8 people 15 minutes
              Cook Time Passive Time
              4 1/2 hours 4 hours
              Servings Prep Time
              6-8 people 15 minutes
              Cook Time Passive Time
              4 1/2 hours 4 hours
              Ingredients
              Servings: people
              Instructions
              1. Preheat oven to 325℉. Season lamb shoulder generously with salt and pepper. Heat oil in a large braiser or dutch oven over medium high heat. Sear roast until browned on all sides. Remove roast to a plate and add mushrooms, sautéing until browned and starting to give off their liquid. Add garlic and continue to cook for 1-2 minutes, stirring often.
              2. Add sherry and reduce over medium high heat for 2 minutes. Stir in chicken stock and heat to a simmer. Add roast back into pan, along with a bay leaf and about 5 sprigs of fresh thyme. Cover and cook in oven for 2 hours. Turn roast over and replace lid, continue to cook for an additional 2 hours.
              3. Remove from oven and carefully lift roast out of pan onto a plate. Cover with foil and allow to rest while completing sauce. Remove bay leaf and thyme sprigs and discard. Skim any excess fat from liquid and simmer over high heat to reduce liquid to about 2 cups, approximately 15 minutes. Whisk together heavy cream and cornstarch. Whisk into sauce along with the chopped thyme and bring back to a simmer. If sauce is not thick enough, continue to reduce for 2-3 minutes until a desired consistency is reached. The sauce will thicken slightly as it cools so be careful not to reduce too much. If you do, simply add a splash of heavy cream to adjust. Adjust final sauce with salt and pepper to taste.
              4. Remove butcher string from roast and slice against the grain into 1/4" slices. Arrange slices in desired serving dish and ladle with sauce. Serve immediately or cover with foil and keep warm in a low oven for up to 1 hour.
              Recipe Notes

              If your boneless lamb shoulder comes with a netting, cut it off and retie with butcher string so the roast can be seared prior to braising.